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Old 03 Dec 2006, 03:19 pm   #1 (permalink)
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it suddenly stopped as if i turned the car off. it turned over when i tried
starting it, but never started. 24hrs. later the car started and i drove
it home. What can be the problem? ignition module? distributor? short
somewhere?

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Old 04 Dec 2006, 11:09 am   #2 (permalink)
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"mga72" <mgamon72@aol.com> wrote in message
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> it suddenly stopped as if i turned the car off. it turned over when i

tried
> starting it, but never started. 24hrs. later the car started and i drove
> it home. What can be the problem? ignition module? distributor? short
> somewhere?
>
> thanks


Apart from loose connections, its not likely to be the ignition module. Was
the weather humid when it stopped,..was the engine missing prior? If so,
replace the distributor cap.

As a bet, I'd be looking for bad connections. Include the fuses related to
the engine and especially connections around the battery and ignition.
One thing you can try, is wiggling the wiring *gently* around the engine.
Use an insulated tool when doingthis near high voltage (spark).
Assume no alarm lights came up before the flame-out?

Jason


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Old 04 Dec 2006, 04:17 pm   #3 (permalink)
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hey jason,
my engine light has been on for baout 5months, but i diagnosed it and the
code was telling me it was air related that was in april or may. As far as
any warning lights being on when it shut down, no, nothing it just shut
down i forget if the stereo went off my head lights were still on. So you
dont think it was a temporary over heating of a module? probably loose
connections in distributor or battery? what wires are y ou referring to
when you said check around the engine? thanks again!!

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Old 04 Dec 2006, 04:20 pm   #4 (permalink)
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Also, the engine was not missing..the engine actually runs excellent very
strong pickup no skipping, missing etc...260k miles. the weather was
chilly about 45 deg. it happened saturday night virginia beach.

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Old 05 Dec 2006, 11:54 am   #5 (permalink)
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"mga72" <mgamon72@aol.com> wrote in message
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> hey jason,
> my engine light has been on for baout 5months, but i diagnosed it and the
> code was telling me it was air related that was in april or may.


ok.


As far as
> any warning lights being on when it shut down, no, nothing it just shut
> down i forget if the stereo went off my head lights were still on. So you
> dont think it was a temporary over heating of a module?


It's possible, but IME with electronics for 30yrs, not likely. Large scale
intergrated circuits like modern ignition modules are very hardy units with
good internal protection against high- temperature. Basically they design
the cct to compensate for temp-increase by limiting over-current. If the
unit's potting (protective covering) had a crack in it, failure will occur
due ingress of impurities from the outside air/moisture. Having said that,
they can stop working temporarily if the battery supply (13.8v or so) drops
off below about 9volts. So connection and lug-crimping/soldering has to be
OK.


probably loose
> connections in distributor or battery? what wires are y ou referring to
> when you said check around the engine? thanks again!!


The wiring you are interested in is buried in looms until they reach where
they are going. So, start at the distributor and work back gently flexing
the wiring /looms. Takes a few minutes while the engine is running and shuld
bring out any poor connections or fractured wires.
The battery and alternator wiring and cable connections need to be in good
clean condirion. I had a near flame-out when I flashed my high beams once.
That was because the Camry's battery connection had come loose and the whole
car was running on the alternator.

If the distributor has the coil inside, check for any connections or
fractured solder joints on the coil or retouch them with an iron. Basically,
you are looking for a fault which cut electricity temporarily anywhere in
the ignition and around the engine..

Jason


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Old 05 Dec 2006, 11:58 am   #6 (permalink)
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"mga72" <mgamon72@aol.com> wrote in message
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> Also, the engine was not missing..the engine actually runs excellent very
> strong pickup no skipping, missing etc...260k miles. the weather was
> chilly about 45 deg. it happened saturday night virginia beach.


The cold temp maybe a clue. Spark-voltage hates moisture. If all else fails
and it continues to happen, some new spark leads and a cap maybe indicated.

Jason


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Old 06 Dec 2006, 09:40 am   #7 (permalink)
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hey thanks Jason

ill check into all of that...helpful info. thanks!!

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Old 09 Dec 2006, 03:54 am   #8 (permalink)
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Bad ignition coil

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